two of our interview with Terry L. Jones. We discuss
Louisiana history, especially Civil War history. Terry is
a native of Winn Parish, has served ULM for over 22 years as a
professor. He earned a Ph.D. in history from Texas A&M
University and a B.A. from Louisiana Tech University.
This week in Louisiana history. October 24, 1827. Gov. Henry
S. Thibodaux died in office from what is believed to be an
This week in New Orleans history. Triple Alliance
Strikes. October 24, 1892. Early in 1892,
streetcar conductors in New Orleans won a shorter workday and
the preferential closed shop whereby employers agree to hire
union members only. This victory drove many New Orleans
workers to seek assistance from the American Federation of
Labor (AFL). As many as 30 new labor unions had been organized
in the city before the summer of 1892. By late summer, 49
unions belonged to the AFL. The unions established a central
labor council known as the Workingmen's Amalgamated Council
that represented more than 20,000 workers. Three racially
integrated unions—the Teamsters, the Scalesmen, and the
Packers—made up what came to be called the "Triple Alliance."
Many of the workers belonging to the unions of the Triple
Alliance were African American.